Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Quick Card: Insider's Guide to Illinois Genealogy

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Illinois State Genealogical Society Debuts New Guide
for Family Historians with Prairie State Ancestors

September 8, 2011 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) proudly announces the debut of the Insider’s Guide To Illinois Genealogy – a handy reference guide for family historians and genealogists. With the Insider’s Guide researchers will find everything they need to get started to find Prairie State ancestors.

The Insider’s Guide To Illinois Genealogy laminated “quick card” contains:
·         An overview of Illinois history in a timeline format
·         A section on migration patterns related to how Illinois was settled
·         Helpful research strategy tips for the beginning genealogist
·         Over 130 different links to websites covering different aspects of Illinois genealogy over 26 subject sections including Census Records, Vital Records, Obituaries, Military Records, and more.

The Insider’s Guide will be available in limited quantities during the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2011 Conference in Springfield, Illinois. Visit the Illinois State Genealogical Society at Booths 205/207 in the Exhibit Hall at the Prairie Capital Convention Center to purchase your copy or to join ISGS. The guide will be given away FREE to the first 100 members who join ISGS.

With a conference special price of $5 each, the guide is expected to sell quickly. The guide can also be purchased online at for $7 which includes shipping and handling.

ISGS Publicity Chair and Webmaster Thomas MacEntee notes: “ISGS is one of the first large genealogy societies to publish a research guide in this popular format. The ‘quick card’ is laminated, light-weight and can be slipped into a backpack or laptop bag for genealogy research trips.”

The Insider’s Guide To Illinois Genealogy was produced with the help of several ISGS board members who collected links to many online resources. In addition, attention has also been given to archives, libraries and repositories for “in person” research.

Janice Fritsch, ISGS President, states: “One of the purposes of ISGS is to disseminate information about Illinois.  The Insider's Guide to Illinois Genealogy not only helps ISGS in accomplishing its purpose, but also provides genealogists with an easy-to-use, ‘hands-on’ tool for finding Illinois ancestors. It is a must-have and will make a great gift for relatives, friends, your society or your library.”

About Illinois State Genealogical Society
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:
·         To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
·         To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
·         To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
·         To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.

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